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LOAVES & FISHES FAMILY KITCHEN
November 16, 2010

Loaves & Fishes offers a warm meal, shelter from the weather, varied services and a strong sense of community. The other day, an early day in November, a guest came to me with her little toddler in tow. She reminded me that on the Friday before Halloween I was taking photos of the guests in their costumes. Well, her two boys were there that night all dressed up, and got their pictures taken but her little girl was home ill. So, on this early day in November she brought her little girl in, all dressed up in costume and ready to take her photo. It meant so much to this guest, this mom, to have all of her kids pictured on the web-site. I held back my excitement as I took the picture. I was quite proud to be a part of such a moment. Community. Loaves & Fishes is a fine example of community.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

While volunteering with Loaves & Fishes I've seen all ages, races and sizes. I've served the fully-functioning and the handicapped.... They all come from different places, but their hearts are all the same, they are filled with gratitude when they come to Loaves & Fishes. The atmosphere here is like that of a neighborhood- family restaurant; you know, the kind where everyone knows everyone. The staff and the volunteers of Loaves & Fishes want to be there, they want to serve and it shows!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make any changes I would get the "one time" volunteers to become regulars! And extra funding would be amazing!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I'm a Team Leader with Loaves & Fishes, SMG. I assist volunteers from start to finish with preparing food, setting up eating area, serving food and cleaning up afterward.